Posted on June 9, 2014 by agirlnamedsara
Review: I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super excited about this book. It was one, like Twilight that I knew many teens were reading and had been made into a movie. I also had seen it on lists saying “If you liked The Hunger Games then you might like…” When I found it cheap at Marshall’s I figured I’d pick it up. Well, consider me a convert. I LOVED IT. I guess I really can’t get enough of the dystopian YA genre! I found the concept different, loved the Chicago references, and enjoyed the variety of characters.
If I used this in the classroom I’d probably use it in a 9th grade class and as a quick- not overly in depth novel study. I think there’s a lot to the book, but there are other books that I think make better class reads. I’ve seen middle school students reading it, and that’s probably fine, but there are some sexual undertones that may or may not be appropriate depending on their maturity. That said, I really really admire the way Roth handles intimacy between Tris and Four.
Have you seen the movie? I haven’t made it out there quite yet!
The Lowdown: (from Scholastic.com)
Interest Level: 8
Grade Level: 9 (What?! A YA book whose grade level is higher than the interest level! Praise be!)
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Posted on June 16, 2010 by agirlnamedsara
Push by Sapphire has received a lot of attention after being turned into the award-winning movie “Precious.” I picked a copy of it up at a bookstore a few months ago and then forgot about it. I’m glad I read it now though. I had a feeling I would like the book but was not prepared for the way in which it was written. The novel is written from Precious’ point of view and is written as if she wrote it- and as a girl severely lacking in reading and writing skills this means that there are phonetic spellings, lots of swearing, and also slang. I did find it easy to follow though and read it rather quickly.
I think this is a great book for English teachers to read because it reminds us of what deficiencies our students may be coming to us with that we might not think of. i.e. the inability to read or write. Due to the graphic descriptions of rape, incest, and abuse I would be hesitant to use this in my classroom. I think it has a message that could be discussed, but having worked with students coming from this type of a background themselves I would be concerned about triggering flashbacks and or re-traumatizing them. I would however recommend it to students in 11th and 12th grade while explaining to them that there are some rather graphic scenes, and letting them make their own mind up about whether they want to read it or not.
Overall I really enjoyed the book.
2010 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults- YALSA
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